Russia’s Banged-Up Aircraft Carrier Prepares for Her Upgrade
Russia’s rusty aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has been back at her home port near Murmansk since February following a 2016 combat deployment off the Syrian coast. Kuznetsov took a beating from heavy use and what’s next is a long-awaited refit, of which we now have a few details. First... Read more
North Korea’s Navy—More Nuisance Than Menace
In the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s naval forces might prove to be nuisance to allied forces if they are operating close to shore, but the threat is manageable. Nonetheless, U.S. and South Korean naval shores need to keep on their toes—otherwise, they could... Read more
U.S. Marines Want to Pack 20 Stealth Fighters on One Assault Ship
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to load up its nine big-deck amphibious assault ships with new F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, swapping helicopters for jets and transforming the assault ships into light aircraft carriers. The plan, which the Corps laid out in the 2017 edition of its annual aviation... Read more
Why Are Russia and Turkey Holding Joint War Games in the Black Sea?
Russia and Turkey have held a series of joint naval exercises in the Black Sea. The Kremlin’s Black Sea Fleet deployed three ships while the Turks sent two vessels to the exercise, which is called PASSEX. The Russian side deployed the brand new frigate Admiral Grigorovich—armed with long-range Kalibr... Read more
Is China’s New Amphibious Assault Ship a Big Waste of Time?
China is set to complete its first large-deck amphibious assault ship—the Type 075—by 2020. The vessel, which is currently under construction at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyards in Shanghai, is roughly the same size as one of the U.S. Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ships. “Construction of the Type 075 ships... Read more
Stop Trying to Make a New Russian Aircraft Carrier Happen
Russia’s Krylov State Research Center is lobbying the Kremlin hard to build a new aircraft carrier called the Project 23000E Storm. If built, the massive vessel would be comparable in size and capability to one of the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz or Ford-class supercarriers. The Russian Ministry of Defense has... Read more
An F/A-18F Super Hornet tests ‘Magic Carpet’ on the deck of USS ‘George Washington.’ U.S. Navy photo The U.S. Navy rolls out ‘Magic Carpet’ by DAVE MAJUMDAR Naval aviators from Carrier Air Wing Eight are preparing to deploy onboard USS George H.W. Bush with a revolutionary new type of... Read more
This American Warship Shot Down MiGs and Pranked the Soviets
During the Cold War, many lesser-known confrontations occurred at sea away from the headlines and major crises. This was certainly true for the crew of the U.S. Navy’s Belknap-class guided-missile cruiser USS Biddle. The warship sailed into the thick of the Vietnam War and came face-to-face with the Soviet Navy.... Read more
How a Malaysian Playboy Controlled the Most Powerful Naval Force on the Planet
It was the middle of September 2013 and the U.S. Justice Department had laid a trap. Its target was the Malaysian millionaire defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis. But no one called him by his real name. At six feet tall and more than 300 pounds, he earned the nickname... Read more
U.S. Stealth Drone Helped Test Huge Bomb
Two years ago, the U.S. Air Force brought the stealthy RQ-170 Sentinel drone and the Massive Ordnance Penetrator—two of America’s most secretive weapons—together for a single test. The Pentagon denies that it intends the huge MOP munition—which only the B-2 stealth bomber carries and which can punch deep into... Read more